[Unemployment]

[ANCHOR=Marya]

[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=02-52 1:00:28]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Already-tough economic times are about to get tougher for unemployed workers. Federal unemployment benefits run out today. Congress did NOT extend the payment deadline for the nearly 800- THOUSAND people who receive checks before it adjourned for the year. President Bush, however, has called on the new Congress to make an extension the first order of business.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/December 23]

Officials at the Virginia Employment Commission in Martinsville say thousands are affected in Southside alone. With the economic conditions being the way they are, it's hard for many people to find jobs in only 26 weeks' time.


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[11Iraq-Money]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-47 TC16:36]
[GRAPHIC=Malik Almaliki]


A Roanoke man accused of funneling money to Iraq has been freed on bond.
Malik Almaliki (ahl-MAHL-li-kee) was released from custody yesterday after a U-S Magistrate set bond, and friends raised enough money to secure his release.
He's accused of transferring more than 130- thousand dollars to Iraq, but as Joe Dashiell reports, Almaliki's supporters say he was helping them send money to family members.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Back in 1990]
[SUPER=01-John Edwards/Almaliki's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :17]
[SUPER=01-Amir Al-Shamiry/Friend; :31]
[SUPER=01-Malik Almaliki/Defendant; :52]
[SUPER=@joe1; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=JD News 7]
(([SOT 11:03]
[IN Q=Back in 1990]

((JOHN EDWARDS/ALMALIKI'S ATTORNEY: BACK IN 1990, AS YOU KNOW PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER SAYING YOU CAN'T SEND MONEY TO IRAQ, BECAUSE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THAT COUNTRY. I'M NOT SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT. I'M NOT SURE A LOT OF THESE IMMIGRANTS UNDERSTAND THAT SITUATION.))
[RUNS= :17]
[OUT Q=understand that situation.]


Attorney John Edwards says Almaliki is a legitimate immigrant who has enjoyed living and working in the Roanoke Valley for the last six years.
Friends have appeared in court to support him, and they pledged property and raised cash to secure his 50- thousand dollar bond.
[SOT 07:28]
[IN Q=We don't let him down]

((AMIR AL-SHAMIRY/FRIEND: SO WE DON'T LET HIM DOWN. HE'S A GOOD MAN. HE'S AN INNOCENT MAN, SO JUST WE WANT TO TELL EVERYBODY WE SEND MONEY TO OUR FAMILY. THEY NEED MONEY TO STAY ALIVE.))
[RUNS= :11]
[OUT Q=they need to stay alive.]


Following his release, Almaliki said he did not knowingly violate any US. laws.
[SOT 12:29]
[IN Q=Does it make you feel good]

((MALKI ALMALIKI/DEFENDANT: DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD THAT YOUR FRIENDS WOULD COME TO YOUR AID LIKE THEY HAVE? YEAH, OF COURSE. IT FEELS GOOD, BECAUSE MY FRIENDS NEVER LEAVE ME ALONE, BECAUSE THEY KNOW I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING WRONG I MAKE IN THE UNITED STATES. I LOVE STAYING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND SOON LIKE TWO MONTHS, OR THREE MONTHS, I WILL BE BRINGING MY WIFE FROM MY COUNTRY TO HERE.))
[RUNS= :23]
[OUT Q=bringing my wife to my country here.]


In granting Almaliki's bond, the U-S magistrate confirmed that the case is at appears on the surface, an effort to transmit funds to relatives in Iraq.
But that is still against the law, and Almaliki must now travel to Washington State to face those charges.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

[1181-Chase]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Police in southwest Virginia say it took a complicated chase to catch a fugitive from Louisiana.
Thursday evening, state troopers spotted a car suspected in a Marion bank robbery.
Officers chased the car on I-81 in Wythe County, but lost it in traffic.
A little while later, Sergeant C-L Mumpower saw the car in a driveway on Route 52.
That started another chase that finally ended near Fort Chiswell High School.
As Sergeant Mumpower approached the vehicle, one of the robbery suspects pointed a gun at him, but the trooper disarmed him.
An 18 year old man allegedly abducted by the robbery suspects escaped unharmed.
William Ivon Bush, a fugitive from Louisiana, faces numerous charges, including attempted capital murder.
Merrie Ellen Reid of Texas also faces abduction and other charges.

[11Narrows-Robbery]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=03-02 TC01:37]
[GRAPHIC=none]


[TAKE VIDEO]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-Surveillance Video]


Police have found the suspected getaway car in a Christmas Day robbery.
The 1998 blue Chevrolet Prism used in the robbery of a Narrows convenience store was found in Bland County.
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[ANCHOR=Marya]
[SS=None]


It had been stolen from a woman in Roanoke earlier Christmas Day.
Authorities are checking it for evidence.
[weather next]

[Cloning]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Focus on Health OTS]



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[start animation]
[runs=04]

[end animation]
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A company that claims it cloned the first human being says it can prove it.
Scientists are waiting with skepticism, while ethicists are worried... especially since the cloning company believes space aliens launched life on earth.
Jim Axelrod has that story in today's Focus on Health.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q= If Doctor Brigitte Boisselier]
[SUPER=01-Brigitte Boisselier/Clonaid; :07]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Moreno/Medical Ethicist; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Jim Axelrod/CBS News; 1:37]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Sam Brownback/(R) Kansas; 1:45]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Diana DeGette/(D) Colorado; 1:52]
[RUNS=2:03]
[OUT Q=standard]

((IF DR. BRIGITE BOISSELIER IS TELLING THE TRUTH .. LIFE AS WE KNOW IT IS HISTORY.

SOT/BOISSELIER/ I am very, very pleased to announce the first baby clone

is born.
NARR/GRFX: IT'S A GIRL NAMED "EVE".. SAYS BOISSELIER.. A PERFECTLY HEALTHY CLONE OF THE BABY'S MOTHER WHO DELIVERED THE 7 POUND INFANT BY C-SECTION YESTERDAY. HOWEVER BOISSELIER REFUSED TO SAY WHERE THE BABY WAS BORN.. I-D HER PARENTS.. OR PROVIDE A PICTURE.

SOT/BOISSELIER/ there will be proof.. because i know you are expecting

some proof, right?
NARR: THAT PROOF IS PROMISED FOR NEXT WEEK.. AFTER THE BABY IS EXAMINED BY WHAT BOISSELIER SAYS IS A TEAM OF INDEPENDENT EXPERTS.
NAT/raelians
NARR: BOISSELIER IS THE C-E-O OF CLONAID.. A COMPANY FOUNDED BY MEMBERS OF A GROUP CALLED "RAELIANS".
NAT/rael worshiping.
NARR: THIS WOULD BE RAEL. AND IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A TOP SCIENTIFIC PEDIGREE - LOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE. "RAEL" MAINTAINS HE WAS VISITED BY ALIENS WHO TOLD HIM HUMANS WERE CREATED 25-000 YEARS AGO BY SPACE TRAVELERS CLONING THEMSELVES.

SOT/MORENO these are people who have basically told the scientific world

to take a hike.
NARR: ETHICIST JONATHAN MORENO IS TROUBLED BY SO MUCH OF TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT. AT THE TOP OF HIS LIST ARE THE PROBLEMS SEEN IN ANIMALS THAT HAVE BEEN CLONED SO FAR.. WHICH MAKES BOISSELIER'S CLAIMS OF GOOD HEALTH FOR THE BABY PREMATURE AT BEST.

SOT/MORENO/ we know from farm animals that they've had problems with

their neurologic systems.. that they've had tumors.. that they've had problems of premature aging.. so we don't really know what the health consequences are going to be for this child.
NARR: THE MEDICAL DEBATE MAY END UP A WHISPER NEXT TO THE POLITICAL ONE. ESPECIALLY BECAUSE BOISSELIER CLAIMS THERE ARE 4 MORE CLONED BABIES TO BE BORN IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS - AND HER GROUP IS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL PIONEERS WHO SAY THEY'RE READY TO CLONE HUMANS.

SOT/BOISSELIER/ science can be the worst and the best for humanity.. but

i choose to think this is the best.
NARR: HUMAN CLONING - IN WHICH A HUMAN EGG IS STRIPPED OF ITS OWN D-N-A.. AND REPLACED BY ANOTHER'S GENETIC BLUEPRINT -- IS ILLEGAL IN THE U-S WITHOUT F-D-A APPROVAL.

SOT/SENATOR SAM BROWNBACK/R-KANSAS (to follow)


NARR: BUT NOT ALL POLTICIANS ARE TROUBLED BY TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE SAME REASONS.

SOT/REP. DIANA DEGETTE/D-COLORADO (to follow - will get in stem cell

here)
AXE/OC CLEARLY -- TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT IS CREATING A FLOOD OF QUESTIONS: ETHICAL, MEDICAL, POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS - SOME WHICH BELONGED SOLELY TO THE FIELD OF SCIENCE FICTION UP TO THIS POINT. AMONG THE 4 CLONED BABIES CLONAID SAYS WILL BE BORN SOON - 2 ARE CLONES OF DEAD CHILDREN.))


[11Cloning-React]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=02-44 TC1:41:17]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Local scientists say the announcement is NOT a surprise to them.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape;]


Researchers at P-P-L Therapeutics say it was only a matter of time before a human clone was produced.
The Blacksburg company has been cloning animals for over five years, and says cloning animal embryos is not all that different from cloning humans'.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 44:19]
[IN Q=personally do i think]

((DAVID AYARES/PPL THERAPEUTICS: PERSONALLY DO I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA? NO I THINK IT'S A MISTAKE. WITH THE INEFFICIENCES OF THE PROCESS I THINK IT'S BOTH UNSAFE FOR THE MOTHER AND THE CHILD. AND I ALSO THINK IT'S UNECCESSARY GIVEN THAT THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO OVERCOME RIGHT NOW IF THAT'S WHAT IT'S BEING USED FOR 44:37))
[SUPER=01-David Ayares/PPL Therapeutics, Inc.;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=BEING USED FOR.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Although Ayares (Airz) does NOT agree with human cloning, he does believe that it will become as common a practice for infertility as in-vitro fertilization.
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[ANCHOR=mARYA]
[SS=NONE]

Don't go away - News 7 Saturday Morning will be right back.

[straight to bump][1-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=02-]
[GRAPHIC=Tire Bowl]


The Inaugural Continental Tire Bowl kicks off this morning at 11 o'clock in Charlotte, North Carolina.
[DOUBLE BOXES= Marya/ Steve via Starlink;]

Our Steve Mason joins us from Ericsson Stadium where we are less than three hours away from the start of the Virginia/West Virginia Clash.
[LIVE= Steve /FULL]
[SUPER=@Steve1;]
[SUPER=05-Charlotte, NC]


((ROLLCUE:...))
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Season; :00]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :07]
[SUPER=01-Wali Lundy/699 Rushing Yards This Season; :23]
[SUPER=01-Avon Cobourne/1593 Rushing Yards This Season; :30]
[SUPER=03-Morgantown, WV; 1:07]
[RUNS=1:28]
[OUT Q=nice to see him though]



[LIVE= Steve /FULL]
[SUPER=05-Charlotte, NC;]




[DOUBLE BOXES= Marya/ Steve via Starlink;]


[Marya intros sports next]

[DinerOpen]


[ANCHOR=Brent @ Weather Center]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=bwa]
[TAPE#=Diner #7]
[GRAPHIC=Diner FS WX Monitor]


Over the past few years Weekend Diner has featured hundreds of wonderful recipes, not to mention the great cooks and chefs that prepared them. But none of them brought in more recipe requests than Sheri Sterling's creation, Cream Cheese Brownies. Here's one last chance to see how simple...yet delicious this recipe is.
(////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=animation]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=stop animation]


[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]




[Weekend-Diner]


[ANCHOR=Brent]
[NEWSCAST=Sat. AM]
[WRITER=bwa]
[TAPE#=WKND Diner #8]
[GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe]


[wipe wipe wipe]

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I start out with...]
[SUPER=07-Sheri Sterling; :00]
[RUNS=3:05]
[OUT Q=...the Wekend Diner.]
(++++++++)
[ANCHOR=Brent]

[Take FS Chyron 7153]
If you would like a copy of today's recipe, check out our web site at WDBJ-7-dot com and click on the Weekend Diner Icon. Or - you can send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope to... Weekend Diner Care Of WDBJ7.....P.O. Box 7 Roanoke....Virginia 24022-0007. Stick around, News 7 Saturday Morning will be right back.
(++++++++++++)

[STRAIGHT TO BREAK]





[North-Korea]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat. a.m.]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The White House says it won't respond to "threats or broken commitments" by North Korea.
That's after North Korea ordered U-N inspectors out of the country yesterday... Inspectors say they'll be out by Tuesday.
For now, the President is seeking a peaceful resolution ... handling it with words mediators instead of military forces.
David Martin has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=As if trying]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Fleming/International Atomic Energy Agency; :28]
[SUPER=01-David Martin/CBS News; 1:06]
[RUNS=2:06]
[OUT Q=CBS News, The Pentagon.]

((AS IF TRYING TO PICK A FIGHT, NORTH KOREAN TROOPS HAVE BEGUN BRINGING MACHINE GUNS INTO THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE WHICH SEPARATES IT FROM THE SOUTH. THE MOVE HAS NO MILITARY SIGNIFICANCE BUT IT VIOLATES THE TERMS OF THE 1953 ARMISTICE WHICH ENDED THE KOREAN WAR. MUCH MORE OMINOUSLY, NORTH KOREA TODAY COMPLETED ITS BREAKAWAY FROM A 1994 AGREEMENT FREEZING ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM BY ORDERING INSPECTORS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY.

�SOT3/4 IAEI SPOKESPERSON: THE DEPARTURE OF OUR INSPECTORS WOULD

PRACTICALLY CONSTITUTE AN END TO OUR ABILITY TO MONITOR NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM.
�NARR3/4 THE BREAKAWAY IS TAKING PLACE AT THIS COMPLEX OF BUILDINGS WHICH NOW CAN BE MONITORED ONLY BY SATELLITE AND WHERE NORTH KOREA ALREADY HAS ENOUGH URANIUM TO MAKE A HANDFUL OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THE NORTH KOREANS ARE REOPENING A LABORATORY COMPLEX WHERE THE URANIUM CAN BE REPROCESSED INTO WEAPONS GRADE PLUTONIUM. THEY ALSO HAVE BEGUN REACTIVATING A SMALL NUCLEAR REACTOR THAT CAN SERVE AS A CONTINUING SOURCE OF URANIUM. U.S. INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATES IT WILL TAKE ABOUT A MONTH TO RESTART THE REACTOR.
�ON CAM3/4 THE U.S HAS DENOUNCED NORTH KOREA FOR BREAKING ITS COMMITMENTS BUT SO FAR HAS NOT THREATENED ANY ACTION. -- A STARK CONTRAST TO THE PREPARATIONS FOR WAR AGAINST IRAQ FOR HAVING COMMITTED ESSENTIALLY THE SAME CRIME -- VIOLATING AGREEMENTS NOT TO DEVELOP WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
�NARR3/4 TWO CARRIER BATTLE GROUPS HAVE NOW BEEN ORDERED TO BE READY TO DEPLOY ON 96 HOURS NOTICE. ONE OF THEM IS THE GEORGE WASHINGTON, WHICH JUST LAST WEEK RETURNED FROM THE PERSIAN GULF. TWO AMPHIBIOUS READY GROUPS WHICH CAN CARRY ABOUT 8,000 MARINES HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO BE READY TO DEPLOY IN EARLY JANUARY, AS HAVE AIR FORCE COMBAT PLANES, INCLUDING THE F-117 STEALTH FIGHTER AND THE B-1 BOMBER. PERHAPS THE SUREST SIGN OF IMPENDING WAR -- THE HOSPTIAL SHIP USS COMFORT, A FLOATING TRAUMA CENTER FOR TREATING COMBAT CASUALTIES, HAS BEEN ORDERED TO SAIL BY MONDAY. THESE DEPLOYMENTS ALL TAKE TIME, SO THE U.S. WILL NOT BE READY FOR WAR FOR SEVERAL MORE WEEKS -- ABOUT THE SAME TIME THE NORTH KOREANS ARE READY TO START UP THEIR NUCLEAR REACTOR.
DM, CBS NEWS, THE PENTAGON))

[Chechnya]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat. a.m.]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Rescue workers are still looking for survivors in the rubble of a bombed-out building in Chechnya.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Grozny, Russia;]


Officials now say at least 40 people were killed and 160 wounded when suicide bombers attacked the building yesterday.
It was the headquarters for the Russian-backed Chechin government.
Russian officials are blaming Chechen separatists, who have staged violent attacks in the past.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT @ :58 in nat version of pkg]
[IN Q=I think it's]

((MARTIN MCCAULEY/LONDON UNIVERSITY: I THINK IT'S INEVITABLE THAT THE CHECHENS WILL CARRY THEIR WAR AGAINST RUSSIA INTO THE EUROPEAN CAPITOLS. THE SAME WOULD APPLY TO THE UNITED STATES. BUT IT'S MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE CHECHENS TO OPERATE IN THE UNITED STATES, WHEREAS IN EUROPE, THEY CAN MOVE ACROSS FRONTIERS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NETWORKS, SAFE HAVENS AND SO ON. ))
[SUPER=01-Martin McCauley/London University;]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=and so on.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


During eight years of civil war, Chechins have fought to free their muslim republic from Russian rule.
Officials say they could have had some help in the suicide bombing from North African terrorist groups with links to Al Qaida.
(------------)



[2-11Iraq-Money]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-47 TC16:36]
[GRAPHIC=Malik Almaliki]


A Roanoke man accused of violating an executive order by funneling money to Iraq has been freed on bond.
Malik Almaliki (ahl-MAHL-li-kee) was released from custody yesterday after a U-S Magistrate set bond, and friends raised enough money to secure his release.
He's accused of transferring more than 130- thousand dollars to Iraq, but as Joe Dashiell reports Almaliki's supporters say he was helping them send money to family members.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Back in 1990]
[SUPER=01-John Edwards/Almaliki's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :17]
[SUPER=01-Amir Al-Shamiry/Friend; :31]
[SUPER=01-Malik Almaliki/Defendant; :52]
[SUPER=@joe1; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=JD News 7]
(([SOT 11:03]
[IN Q=Back in 1990]

((JOHN EDWARDS/ALMALIKI'S ATTORNEY: BACK IN 1990, AS YOU KNOW PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER SAYING YOU CAN'T SEND MONEY TO IRAQ, BECAUSE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THAT COUNTRY. I'M NOT SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT. I'M NOT SURE A LOT OF THESE IMMIGRANTS UNDERSTAND THAT SITUATION.))
[RUNS= :17]
[OUT Q=understand that situation.]


Attorney John Edwards says Almaliki is a legitimate immigrant who has enjoyed living and working in the Roanoke Valley for the last six years.
Friends have appeared in court to support him, and they pledged property and raised cash to secure his 50- thousand dollar bond.
[SOT 07:28]
[IN Q=We don't let him down]

((AMIR AL-SHAMIRY/FRIEND: SO WE DON'T LET HIM DOWN. HE'S A GOOD MAN. HE'S AN INNOCENT MAN, SO JUST WE WANT TO TELL EVERYBODY WE SEND MONEY TO OUR FAMILY. THEY NEED MONEY TO STAY ALIVE.))
[RUNS= :11]
[OUT Q=they need to stay alive.]


Following his release, Almaliki said he did not knowingly violate any US. laws.
[SOT 12:29]
[IN Q=Does it make you feel good]

((MALKI ALMALIKI/DEFENDANT: DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD THAT YOUR FRIENDS WOULD COME TO YOUR AID LIKE THEY HAVE? YEAH, OF COURSE. IT FEELS GOOD, BECAUSE MY FRIENDS NEVER LEAVE ME ALONE, BECAUSE THEY KNOW I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING WRONG I MAKE IN THE UNITED STATES. I LOVE STAYING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND SOON LIKE TWO MONTHS, OR THREE MONTHS, I WILL BE BRINGING MY WIFE FROM MY COUNTRY TO HERE.))
[RUNS= :23]
[OUT Q=bringing my wife to my country here.]


In granting Almaliki's bond, the U-S magistrate confirmed that the case is at appears on the surface, an effort to transmit funds to relatives in Iraq.
But that is still against the law, and Almaliki must now travel to Washington State to face those charges.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

[11Bastian-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=02-45 TC1:02:37]
[GRAPHIC=Plane Crash]

Federal investigators still don't know what caused a plane crash in Bland County last month.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bland Co./November 29]


The single-engine Piper went down the day before Thanksgiving as it was making an approach to the Bluefield airport.
Civil Air Patrol searchers found the wreckage the next day.
The accident killed the pilot and a passenger.
A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board found nothing wrong with the aircraft.
The report says the pilot had 21-hundred hours of flight time, and was qualified to fly on instruments.
(------------)


[WIPE WIPE WIPE ]

[Delta-Pilot]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=sat. a.m.]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Delta Airlines says it's suspended a pilot who TRIED to fly under the influence of alcohol.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Norfolk;]


Gary Schroeder was taken off a flight at the airport in Norfolk, Virginia, yesterday.
Baggage screeners said they smelled alcohol on his breath when he arrived to fly a plane to Cincinnati.
Fellow pilot Roger Daddionoff worries the incident reflects poorly on other pilots.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT @ :45 secs. in]
[IN Q=If I get on]

(( If I get on the airplane and I am not at a 100% of my capability I've got anywhere from 150 to 350 people that I am taking responsibility for and I think most pilots look at it that way.))
[SUPER=01-Roger Daddionoff/Airline Pilot;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=at it that way.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Aviation officials say Schroeder's blood alcohol level was POINT- zero - seven percent.
The F-A-A limit for a flight crew member is POINT - zero-four.
(------------)




[11Recycling]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=02-41 TC1:47:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke officials are hoping a mountain of holiday trash will help them meet the city's recycling goals.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The city has an incentive agreement with Cycle Systems, the company that recycles material collected by city trucks.
If the city recycles 300 tons or more a month, it doesn't have to pay Cycle Systems for the service.
The city fell just a few tons short in October.
Officials are hoping all that wrapping paper will help them meet their goal in December.
(------------)



[11Radio-station]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-51 TC 31:32]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Listeners tuning in to 93-point-five are now hearing Mariah Carey instead of Tim McGraw.
That's because the station has changed its format.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


After twenty-two years as a country music station, 93-point-5 made a switch yesterday to soft adult contemporary tunes.
Station officials say they expect the majority of their new listeners will be over the age of forty and female.


(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:32:16]
[IN Q=IT WILL BE A LOT OF]

((CHRIS CLENDENEN/GENERAL MANAGER, SUNNY 93.5: IT WILL BE A LOT OF IN OFFICE LISTENING, PEOPLE WHO WANT TO HEAR SOME MUSIC THAT PUTS THEM IN A RELAXING MOOD. WOMEN WILL LIKE IT, FOR THE MOST PART IF THEY'RE NOT COUNTRY OR ROCK FANS.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Clendenen/Sunny 93.5 General Manager;]
[RUNS=:18]
[OUT Q=ROCK FANS.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Station officials say they have received a lot of positive feedback from listeners about the switch.
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[Tease#2]



[ANCHOR=MArya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[SS=None]

[BOTH MICS HOT] We're just over two hours from the kick-off of the Continental Tire Bowl - Coming up we'll check back in with Steve Mason in Charlotte where the Cavs are preparing to battle the Mountaineers

[ANCHOR=Brent]

And
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]

Sandra Bullock is giving her fans "Two weeks Notice" - We'll tell you about it in this week's movie review. But first, if you're traveling today........ [Brent ad-lib the travel forecast -- WX PRO]
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[Brent MIC hot] [ No 2-shot toss go straight to Travel Bump] [soft music under]

[Business-Review]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=Biz REeview]
[GRAPHIC=Biz Review]

People on the unemployment line are asking for more tine ... and even last minute shoppers can't save Christmas sales.
News 7's Rachel Cannon has this week's Business Review.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Redd/VA Employment Commission; :05]
[SUPER=01-Michael Gee/Unemployment Applicant; :21]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :50]
[SUPER=01-Holly Stansbury/Shopper; :58]
[RUNS=1:30]
[OUT Q=MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]

(([MUSIC AND GRAPHICS] This week in review... Unemployed Southside workers like Michael Gee are wishing for an extension this Christmas. With regular unemployment benefits set to run out on December 28th, Congress must decide whether or not to step in and put a payment extension in place.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=with the]

((BARBARA REDD/VA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION; WITH THE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS BEING AS THEY ARE IT'S BEEN RELATIVELY DIFFICULT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE TO COME UP WITH EMPLOYMENT SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT IN 26 WEEKS TIME.))
[OUT Q=WEEKS TIME]

V-E-C offices are still taking temporary extension applications. Officials are hoping if they are continued, payments will be retroactive and begin immediately. Michael Gee says it will help him get off unemployment for good.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I HOPE THEY ]

((MICHAEL GEE/UNEMPLOYMENT APPLICANT; I HOPE THEY DO IF I DON'T GET THEM I WONT BE ABLE TO FINISH THE LAST MONTH AND A HALF OF SCHOOL.))
[OUT Q=SCHOOL]

[INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE] Last minute shoppers hit Roanoke's Valley View Mall on Christmas Eve day. Foot traffic is steady but not too busy.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I FOUND]

((HOLLY STANSBURY/SHOPPER; I FOUND A PLACE TO PARK ACTUALLY IT HAS BEEN REALLY GREAT I HAVEN'T HAD ANY TROUBLE I FOUND EVERYTHING I NEEDED. I WALKED RIGHT INTO THE MUSIC STORE AND WELL RIGHT THERE IN AND OUT IN 30-SECONDS SO IT GETTING DONE QUICK, THAT'S A GOOD THING.))
[OUT Q=GOOD THING]

Even though shoppers are hitting the stores, experts say people are dealing with worries about the economy and job security. This year, many aren't able to spend freely and some experts say it has lead to one of the weakest shopping seasons in 30-years. For News 7, I'm Rachel Cannon and that's this week's Business Review.

[MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]))[2-Steve]


[ANCHOR=Marya]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=02-]
[GRAPHIC=Tire Bowl]


The script is still unfinished today for the inagural Continental Tire Bowl West Virginia and Virgina kick it off in about two hours.

[DOUBLE BOXES= Marya/ Steve via Starlink;]

LEt's go back to Ericcson stadium for another chilly report from Steve Mason.

[LIVE= Steve /FULL]
[SUPER=@Steve1;]
[SUPER=05-Charlotte, NC]


((ROLLCUE:...))
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :20]
[SUPER=01-Bud Foster/Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator; :45]
[SUPER=01- Ronyell Whitaker/Virgina Tech Cornerback; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Jake Grove/Virginia Tech Offensive Lineman; 1:22]
[SUPER=01-Billy Hite/Virginia Tech Associate Head Coach; 1:34]
[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs/Virginia Tech Senior Runningback; 1:45]
[RUNS=2:01]
[OUT Q=West Virginia is going to win]



[LIVE= Steve /FULL]
[SUPER=05-Charlotte, NC;]




[DOUBLE BOXES= Marya/ Steve via Starlink;]



[2Birthdays!]
Sunday 12/29
Pictures

[SUPER=130-19/Anthony Saunders/Drakes Branch;]



[SUPER=130-8/Tyler Bower/;]


No Pictures [SUPER=131-13/Shawna Paige/;]